International Working Animal Day 2020

International Working Animal Day 2020

Our International Working Animal Day celebrations usually take place on 15 June, but due to the ongoing threat of the virus and the lockdowns in place in many countries, we feel unable to celebrate the day fully.

We will therefore be postponing the event until November, when we can carry out events to recognise the vital importance of working animals worldwide. We hope you will be able to join us later in the year to mark this special day.

What is International Working Animal Day?

SPANA’s annual International Working Animal Day sets to raise awareness about the vital role played by working animals in developing countries around the world.

Working animals – such as horses, donkeys, camels and elephants – are relied upon by over 600 million of the world’s poorest people for their livelihoods. More than 200 million working animals worldwide do the jobs of trucks, tractors and taxis and, by transporting goods and people, make it possible for impoverished families to earn a living.

Yet, 62 per cent of people in the UK don’t know what a working animal is and, despite their importance, these animals often lead short, hard lives, with tough working conditions, inadequate nutrition and no access to veterinary treatment.

SPANA believes that these animals deserve greater recognition. And, more importantly, they need our help.

Read more about our International Working Animal Day campaigns

2019’s International Working Animal Day highlighted the fact that working animals – like their owners – face a lifetime of work. They must work for their entire lives, and never get to retire. While in many wealthier countries people’s working lives have been transformed in recent decades, most working animals endure the same conditions they faced a century ago. Watch the story of three donkeys – Smart, Ponny and Mheri – and their owner in Zimbabwe, and how the daily challenges they face compared to life in the UK. You can also test how your working life compares to that of a working animal by using our interactive tool.

Take a look at 2019’s campaign

 

For our third International Working Animal Day in 2018, we raised awareness about the arduous journeys undertaken by working animals overseas every day. Watch Dante the donkey’s story and use our step tracker to compare your daily steps to those of a working animal.

Take a look at 2018’s campaign

 

In 2017, we looked at how working animals, such as horses and donkeys, played a fundamental role in Britain’s past. Find out how famous city landmarks all around the UK have changed since working animals were a common sight on the nation’s streets.

Take a look at 2017’s campaign

Discover more ways to get involved with helping working animals

Three children sit together happily holding knitted animal toys

Knitting for charity: big knit for vets

Try our Big Knit For Vet Kit - get your free fundraising pack full of knitting patterns.

Carriage horses waiting in a line

Ethical Animal Tourism

Our Holiday Hooves Guide contains advice on how to choose healthy looking animals for activities abroad.

Table of cakes

Spana World Tea Party

Find out how to host a charity tea party that will help raise funds to care for working animals in the world. Discover more about...

Three children sit together happily holding knitted animal toys

Knitting for charity: big knit for vets

Try our Big Knit For Vet Kit - get your free fundraising pack full of knitting patterns.

Carriage horses waiting in a line

Ethical Animal Tourism

Our Holiday Hooves Guide contains advice on how to choose healthy looking animals for activities abroad.

Table of cakes

Spana World Tea Party

Find out how to host a charity tea party that will help raise funds to care for working animals in the world. Discover more about...